Marconi in US attack via Reltec

Marconi in US attack via Reltec
Richard Wilson Marconi Communications is lining up a big push into the North American telecommunications market following GEC’s $2bn acquisition of US firm Reltec. Marconi’s limited success in the US telecoms network market has concerned managers at GEC’s telecoms subsidiary for some time. The link-up with Reltec has raised hopes of selling its broadband optical fibre transmission technology to American operators. “The acquisition takes us straight into the heart of the US market-place,” said Mike Parton, managing director at Marconi Communications. “It opens up the enormously expanding American market for our latest wave division multiplexer and SDH transmission products.” The move into the North American market is being viewed as the first sign that GEC is serious about turning Marconi into a globally competitive telecommunications equipment manufacturer. Six weeks ago GEC effectively shifted its focus from defence to telecoms with the sale of the Marconi defence business to British Aerospace. “This is a major strategic move which demonstrates GEC’s commitment to develop as a global player in telecommunications,” added Parton. It is expected that Reltec will become an integrated part of Marconi Communications. Marconi will also start to market Reltec’s products, including xDSL broadband access systems, in Europe. Reltec, a significant supplier of fibre and copper-based access systems to US operators such as AT&T and MCI, has its own range of optical multiplexers and synchronous transmission systems which conform to the US-based SONET standard.


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